Canadian Traditional, Self-Publishing & Hybrid Publishers

Just some of the Publishing Firms I’ve found so far, and most are Canadian based – the majority of which are listed members of the Canadian Publishers Association – however, some may have offices located in other countries. Finding the right method of publishing, or publisher, is like finding a needle in a haystack. Be aware! Not all traditional publishers are the same, and they all have their own methods and procedures for manuscript submissions. I personally, chose to publish with a ‘hybrid’ publisher – Book Baby – because I wanted the control, ownership, and rights to my work, but I also wanted the best royalties available, as well as a distribution channel that reached the world. I got all of that, in one easy to use control dashboard, where I can do anything and everything an author would want or need to do to publish, promote, market, sell, advertise and offer discounts or coupons. I wish you all the best on your journey.

Flanker Press

University of Alberta Press

Formac Publishers

ARP Books

Boulder Publications

Essence Publishing

Signature Editions

Orca Books Canada

Coteau Books

McGraw Hill Educational

Talon Books

Dunburn Publishing

Great Plains Publishing

ECW Press

Breakwater Books

Palimpsest Press

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Brick Books

Book Thug Publishing

Invisible Publishing

Mansfield Press

TouchWood Editions

Arsenal Pulp Press

Ryland Peters & Small

Nimbus Publishing

Caitlin Press Inc

NeWest Press

Second Story Press

Guernica Editions

Douglas & McIntyre

The Porcupine’s Quill

House of Anansi

Heritage House Publishing

Goose Lane Publishing

Anvil Press

Hancock House Publishers

New Star Books

Playwrights Canada Press

Tradewind Books

Fitzhenry & Whiteside 

Austin Macauley Publishers

Pemmican Publications

Thistledown Press

Harper Collins Canada

Between The Lines Publishing

Inanna Publications

Barlow Books

Penguin Random House Canada

J. Gordon Shillingford Publishers

Cormorant Books

Turnstone Press

Coach House Books



Author’s Research & Resources

Authors need Resources – that’s a fact.  Finding the right resource can be a total nightmare.  Some of us, as newbie authors, have no idea just how vast and complex the book market and world really is.  Here’s a list of just some of the incredible number of research and resources every author needs to know about.  If you know of a great resource that’s not on my list, please tell me about it.  Every author can be successful if they know the rules of the game, and where to locate those rules.

Government of Canada – Canadian Heritage

Retail Council of Canada

BookNet Canada

CataList Canada

Book Depository


eBound Canada

Canadian Electronic Library

National Library of Canada

Gutenberg Canada – Public Domain

Gutenberg Australia – Public Domain

Gutenberg USA – Public Domain

Many Books – Public Domain

LibriVox – Audio Books – Public Domain

Internet Archives

Wikipedia – Online Research Encyclopedia

JSTOR – Digital Library 

TopShelf Magazine

Askew & Holts – Library Stock

Wikimedia Commons

DuoLit – Best Newbie Author Info

Canadian Writers Union – Contracts

Canadian Writers Union – How-to Guides

Quill & Quire – Hottest Canadian Writers Online Magazine

Glossary of Publishing Terminology

CANSCAIP – Canadian YA Literature Association

Canadian Council for the Arts – Grants

Canadian Encyclopedia – Writers Search

Wikipedia – Public Domain Images Resources

Harvard Law School Library

Creative Commons

British Library

Digital Vatican

Making Business Easier

There are some super tools to help you with many tasks.  From finding the right Fonts and Graphics for your book covers to free Music for your book trailers, widgets, business cards or even making it easier to save your multiple account logins, this list will grow as I come across even more wonderful tools.  Simplifying those tasks that take up your time, or automating them, you’ll find you have much more time to write.  Isn’t that the most important thing on an authors mind?

LastPass – Accounts Login Saver

Hongkiat – Free & Paid Graphics

1001 Free Fonts – Search & Download

DaFont – FREE Fonts

FontSpace – Search & Download

ACX – Audio Book Creation

Giphy – GIF Maker

Vista Print

Globe Revolving Maps

MailChimp – Free Version

Amazon Associates Tools

Flash Vortex – Banners

WordPress Add-ons & Plugins

DropBox – File Storage & Sharing

5 STARS from Madlyn Doey on Cocooning The Butterfly

“Drama, mystery, feuds, sorrow, joy, unconditional love, unconscionable hate and abuse, and healing the heart and soul.  Laila Doncaster, you rock; a stellar author.  Kept me enthralled the whole darn book!  Hurry up and get book 2 done so I can continue with the story.  I could not put it down!.”  Review by Madlyn Doey ~ British Columbia, Canada



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5 STARS from M. Tillotson on Cocooning The Butterfly

 “I was taken by this fresh, light-heartted romance with a twist, a turn and a touch of modern life melded with life of old. The landscape descriptions, truly give a sense of Canadian terrain, and life in all seasons. A diverse cast of characters with brilliant personalities came together to form and remain solid unity throughout the book. Cocooning the Butterfly is as deep a metaphor as the author’s bravery in exposing her emotions.”  Review by M. Tillotson ~ British Columbia Canada


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